The Multi-Faith Centre is home to a unique program for U of T students called The Poet in Community Program. This program offers you space to explore what’s relevant and what matters to you through creative writing.
A Poet in Community workshop usually lasts 1-1.5 hours and isn’t as formal as a class, or as casual as a coffee shop. It’s a facilitated creative learning experience without evaluation. Here, it’s possible to connect the intellectual with the emotional, the spiritual, the physical and the social. The program is led by Poet in Community, Ronna Bloom, who uses creative writing to address the interests, passions and needs of students.
“What do you want to explore through writing? Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.” — Walt Whitman
Ronna is a writer, registered psychotherapist (inactive) and author of six books of poetry. Her work has been broadcast on the CBC, recorded by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, translated into Bengali, Chinese and Bangla, and shortlisted for several Canadian literary awards.
Open to all members of the U of T community
How The Program Works
Many of these workshops are designed and facilitated in partnership with specific colleges, departments, and faculties, including Innis College, Trinity College, the School of Graduate Studies, Hart House, Accessibility Services, and the Family Care Office.
Register at the links below.
Winter 2022 schedule
- January 18, 12 – 2 p.m. The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart: Connecting to a Passion for Writing with Trinity One
- January 21, 3:30 – 5 p.m. The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart: Connecting to a Passion for Writing with Innis College
- February 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Speaking to Power with Clarity and Effectiveness with Accessibility Services (Open to all students)
- February 17, Awake at Work with Innis College, Blogging the Just City
- March 22, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Be Good to Yourself with Family Care (Open to all students)
- March 24, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Leap Before You Look: A Writing Workshop Exploring Risk-taking in the Next Step with Writers Coop, Hart House